Vegan Rainbow Spring rolls

This is just the most simple, refreshing, delicious and healthy dish that will make any summer party taste better. ( And its not ONLY for Unicorns 😉 I served this amazing and colorful version of a spring roll many times with different dips such as spicy peanut butter and honey or simple home-made tzatziki and…

Egg fried in Avocado

This is basically a healthy version of an “egg in a hole”. Vegetarian, simple, full of nutrition and takes literally 5 minutes to pull it off. What more anyone can wish for for an amazingly delicious breakfast or brunch?!  If you wish to stay also gluten free just skip the toast or serve it with…

Feta filled zucchini rolls on a bed of alfalfa&radish carpaccio

Every year towards the end of February I get this desperate craving for sunshine and spring and thinking of all the fresh vegetables and fruits which will come with it. So when I see the first bunches of radish and tulips appearing on the local organic markets I get very excited and happy that spring…

Grilled Sprouts with Parmesan Dip

Brussels Sprouts undoubtedly are NOT everybody’s favourite veggies. Rather unreasonably I think, as they are super healthy! If you search for their health benefits it goes on and and on for pages on the internet. Just to mention a few: excellent source of Vitamin C and K, helps preventing cancer, helps detoxing your body, high…

The Best Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

Seriously, I mean this is the best ever! I have tried many gluten free recipes and but nothing came close to this one. You can have it all: gluten free and indulging at the same time.  The cake has the perfect texture soft and gooey in the middle. It is also takes no time and…

Strawberry Scorpino

Would you agree that it’s never too cold for ice cream? I love all kinds of ice creams and sorbets all year long – they are refreshing and delicious. Scorpinos originally made with lemon sorbet or lemon ice but I thought that would be a bit too boring for a New Year’s Eve party so…

Marble chocolate bark with cranberry and mixed nuts

Are you still looking for a fast and easy last minute DIY Christmas present? This might be the perfect one for you! It takes literally ten minutes to prepare and absolutely delicious. It has everything:  it is creamy, crunchy, boozy, it melts in your mouth and the cranberries also give a gentle fruity taste. I…

Uitsmijter – The ultimate Dutch breakfast

When I first arrived to the Netherlands I had a… let’s say, minor culture shock regarding the cuisine and the food culture at first sight. It took me some time to realise that Dutch’s best kept secret is their food. However, one of my first and ever since favourite Dutch dish is the Uitsmijter.  Apparently…

The Almond & Nutella Brioche

I had a slight anxiety for the first time I made “kelt tészta” which is the Hungarian expression for all kinds of fresh yeast raised pastry. My great aunt Annuska, who unfortunately passed away a couple of years ago, was the absolute Queen Master of making these yummy,flossy, raised pastries. Her different kind of brioches…

What is the Secret Chef?

Private cooking lessons in Amsterdam? Imagine that amazing feeling to have your own personal cooking coach and you learn how to make gorgeous mouth-watering and incredibly delicious and healthy food for your family and friends in a friendly atmosphere. Where all recipes come together in an easy-to-follow way and you are cooking the foods we…

Who is the Secret Chef?

As everybody knows, there is only one infallible recipe for the perfect omelette: your own.’ – Elizabeth David Hi! I am Szabi and I am the person behind the Secret Chef. I will be your personal cooking coach if you hire me. I love all food and cooking so its hard for me to choose…

Stuffed Zucchini

I never know how to call these things actually, zucchini or courgette?  But only not that long ago I found out that the word zucchini comes from the Italian zucchino, meaning a small squash. The term squash comes from the Indian skutasquash meaning “green thing eaten green.” That makes sense, right?  I love this vegetable,…

Healthy Jar Salad

It is time for you to create some lunch envy in the office and if you show up with one of these…Impact guaranteed, I tested it. The real awesome thing about this is: that it not only looks gorgeous but tastes absolutely delicious and super healthy as well. So you get all these goodies packed…

Bavarian Pretzels

When I made these for the first time for the family I only used half of the amount everything what sits in the original recipe below as I felt it was going to be way too much. Well just so you know, they lasted about two hours after they came out of the oven. The…

The Cosmopolitan Pea Soup

Green peas are great! They deserved to be called cosmopolitan as they appear on the menus all around the world. They make a fine dinner all on their own, but one of my favourite ways to serve them is in a vivid green soup, with a bit of creamy goat cheese and crispy bacon, so…

The “I want ice cream cake”

Do you have cravings? Well then you know what am talking about as this one is coming from a real one. Imagine a hot summer day, its late afternoon and some unexpected guests were about to pop in and you expected to make something but too lazy and too hot to cook and all you…

Spicy Egg Rolls

Have I told you that I have a soft spot for eggs? It is a little bit ironic actually as they are the perfect breakfast food and I was always rather dismissive about my breakfasts even though I know full well how important they are to maintain a healthy diet. This one below is a…

Dates with Bacon and Feta

Festive season is about to kick in and everybody is busy with some kind of ‘borrel’. This is how Dutch people call a ‘drink and snack’ party. If you want to stand out and offer something different than the usual cheese bites and ‘bitterballen’ the this is definitely something to go for. The combo of…

The Amsterdam Coddled Egg & Toast

How do you like your eggs? I like them different every day! Remember the movie Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere? There’s a breakfast scene where Richard Gere asks Julia Roberts what kind of eggs she likes.  Her response is “Whatever you’re having.”  She had no clue how she liked her eggs because she…

Your Baby’s 1st Awesome Cake

So there I was, one year quickly gone and was in doubt what should I do about the FIRST birthday cake?! I was absolutely sure about having a cake but where from, should I order one or …I mean he cannot NOT have a cake! After some serious research I figured that I didn’t like…